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Council committed to improved road management

Council committed to improved road management

Armidale Regional Council has a new plan to better manage its local road network. 

Council Administrator Dr Ian Tiley endorsed Council’s Draft Management Plan for Local Roads last month and instructed staff to arrange for it to be placed on public exhibition before being formally adopted as a Council policy.

Council’s Group Leader Service Delivery Mark Piorkowski said the new Roads Management Strategic Plan sets out the levels of service for maintenance and improvement work on all local roads, both sealed and unsealed.

“The plan will provide a consistent approach for the work our roads team complete across the whole of the new merged Council area, and it draws on the best methods used by each of the former Councils,” said Mr Piorkowski.

“Levels of service describe what work is to be done, how often and at what cost. The new Roads Management Strategic Plan provides a range of different levels of service for patching of sealed local roads, grading of unsealed roads, and re-sheeting of gravel roads.”

The different levels of service have been costed according to the frequency of service or the quality of the outcomes, so that Council can determine the levels of service that are appropriate and affordable for the local road network. It also means that residents will have a degree of certainty about how often and when their roads will graded and patched.

The plan has been placed on public exhibition at the Council offices at Guyra and Armidale, and on Council’s web site, with submissions closing on 31 August 2017. Residents are being invited to have a say about how often their roads will be maintained.

Information and a short survey with three simple questions can be found on the web site. Go to Your Say Armidale. The survey asks residents to tell Council how often and to what standards they think the roads should be graded or bitumen patched or resheeted with gravel.

Council has used median levels of service that were recommended in the plan for its budget for roads in 2017/18, but after the Council election a report outlining the results of the survey would be presented to the new Council. This will allow the new Councillors to adopt levels of service for maintenance of local roads for future years and provide better strategic planning for roads and better use of limited resources. “Council is determined to see more money spent on roads and improvements made in the way that we manage our road network,” said Mr Piorkowski.

“The new merged area has 721 km of sealed local roads and 1150 km of unsealed roads to maintain, and I’m convinced that this new plan will result in better value for money for residents and better roads in the Armidale region.”

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